A joint approach to sport, physical activity and culture
We use our deep understanding of the sector to help local authorities develop their leisure, sport and physical activity strategies. Our work often has a strong link to public health and wider cross-cutting agendas such as regeneration, community cohesion, localism and place-making.
Setting clear objectives
SLC was appointed by the council to deliver a robust sport and physical activity strategy building on the existing evidence base. The strategy was to shape the priority outcomes for the new leisure management contract specification and identify the council’s approach to the procurement of the contract. The strategy establishes clarity over the council’s future priorities for sport and physical activity, focuses upon the health and wellbeing of the district’s inhabitants and prepares the council for a forthcoming procurement exercise.
Leading the way from strategy to procurement
In April 2016 SLC was appointed by North Kesteven District Council to undertake the procurement of an operator for its leisure facilities. SLC had previously assisted the council in developing its sport and physical activity strategy and a pre-procurement report in preparation for the end of their existing contract.
Building on investment in sport and physical activity
NKDC has invested significantly in improving its main leisure provision and the award-winning Sleaford Leisure Centre (refurbishment designed by SLC’s associate architect, Paul Weston) and NK One in Kesteven. This has placed it in a strong position to secure a very good partnership in the future.
Engagement across the board
NKDC’s leisure service consists of a wide range of sports and physical activity services, but the procurement will also encompass Whisby Natural World Centre and the countryside service as separate lots, in addition to the leisure centres and outreach service.
The council was seeking a consultant to develop and manage a procurement process on their behalf, a consultant that could offer an excellent outreach service for rural communities while providing a good financial return for the council.
The new contract will commence in April 2018.
SLC tendered for the development of a sports and physical activity strategy and review of our current operation. The interview with the team set the standard for the service and attention to detail that followed. They quickly established and very positive relationship with a very clear understanding of our particular circumstances, objectives and direction of travel. The team were outstanding in the way they worked with us, our elected members, stakeholders and partners. Duncan and David brought considerable expertise and a high level of understanding of the industry which has resulted in our expectations being well and truly achieved. We are looking forward to working with the team at SLC on the procurement of leisure and cultural services in the future.
Mike Lock, Leisure and Cultural Services Manager
North Kesteven District Council (April 2016)
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